The Butler’s Guide to Silicone Smoking Supplies

Guide to Silicone Pipes

We’ve all been there: knocked into the table and watched as our prized glass piece tumbled to the ground with a shatter. It can be hard holding onto a piece for a long time, especially when post-sesh clumsiness is a very real, ever-present threat. You need a pipe that’s durable, a good price, and still safe to smoke out of. Your Butler is more than happy to introduce you to a wonderful new tool to add to your arsenal: the silicone pipe… basically, a smoker’s new best friend if you haven’t heard. It’s cost-effective, essentially unbreakable, and way easier to clean and carry with you than a glass pipe.

What is a Silicone Pipe?

Silicone is a man-made chemical compound from silica and oxygen and has become a favorite material of consumers as it is durable and is heat and freeze resistant. It also doesn’t emit any toxins when placed under stress unlike plastic, making it a preferred material for a variety of products, including smoking gear. Not all silicone pipes are made equal so always make sure to do some research and get a high grade of silicone. This is the key factor in ensuring your pipe will last.

Are Silicone Pipes Safe to Smoke Out of?

Despite its heat tolerance, silicone pipes still require some level of precaution. High-grade silicone will last in temperatures up to 600 degrees which is all well and good until you realize that a lighter can reach up to 3500 degrees Fahrenheit. It is not recommended to put silicone into direct flame, so be careful with that lighter. All silicone pipes have some sort of glass or metal bowl to put your product into so this will avoid any direct contact between the flame and silicone when you spark up.

How Do You Clean A Silicone Pipe?

How to Clean a Silicone Pipe

Cleaning can be the trickiest part of owning a glass pipe, but not with silicone! Silicone is essentially non-stick which makes cleaning out that stubborn resin as easy as can be. If you’d prefer a DIY method, you can pop your pipe into the freezer which will allow you to simply chip off any leftover residue. Another option is to use a plant-based cleaning solution with an oil/solvent like coconut oil. Coconut oil is all natural and it will gently buff away all the gunk still in your pipe and it’s non-toxic so it won’t damage your pipe. Dishwashers can also make a great cleaning hack for your silicone pipes. Just simply remove all glass or titanium bowls and put only the silicone onto the top rack of the dishwasher to get it squeaky clean.

Whatever you choose to clean your pieces with, do not use alcohol. Some smokers will swear by it but the harsh alcohol will break down your pipe over time. While you can use soap and warm water, you can and should give your pipe a good cleanin’ with pipe cleaning solution.

Glass Pipes vs. Silicone Pipes

Silicone Pipe Graphic

Can you remember the last time you shattered your prized glass pipe? Of course you can, every smoker has a traumatic glass breaking story burned into their memory. Save yourself the heartbreak; silicone eliminates all the inevitable cleanup that glass creates. Now with all that set aside, let’s look at the pros and cons of both glass and silicone.

Glass has been a popular option for quite some time given the smoothness of the smoke and the availability. While these are definitely all pros to an avid smoker, there are some cons too. A huge downfall of glass pipes is their durability. Unless you’re purchasing extra heavy duty glass for your smoking pleasures, they’re bound to break at some point. Glass pieces tend to be a little more expensive, which is only more frustrating when you inevitably have to purchase a replacement.

Silicone is fairly new when it comes to smoking products on the market, but it’s quickly becoming a favorite alternative to glass, especially amongst some of the clumsier smokers. Unlike glass, you can quickly throw your silicone pipe into the dishwasher for a hands-free clean. Additionally, it’s temperature tolerance makes it a fun piece to freeze before a smoke sesh so you can breathe in that refreshingly cold hit.

The Best Silicone Pipes

The Best Silicone Pipes

It can be difficult shopping for pieces, especially finding any that are unique and stand out from the same old, basic pipes. Thankfully, silicone is so moldable that there are tons of interesting designs and bold colors to choose from. Spoon pipes are a staple in any smoker’s toolbox and one of the most popular of the silicone products. These are perfect pipes to stock up on as the bowl is a perfect size to enjoy solo or share with your pals. Alternatively, you could go for the PieceMaker Konjurer Silicone Pipe to keep your smoke sessions classy.

Go big or go home with the PieceMaker Kali Silicone Water Pipe. This beautiful neon bong is the perfect, durable addition to your collection and will definitely impress (and survive) your friends. If that isn’t your cup of tea, you could always go for some tiny tools such as the Grav 16mm Silicone Taster. This little guy is the perfect one-hitter to take traveling as it comes with a handy cap you can pop over any unfinished bowl. Another easy travel pipe is the PieceMaker Kwiki Silicone Pipe that is only 2.5 inches long and has a metal bowl that is easily removed for cleaning.

The GRAV Silicone Blunt takes your rolled herbs to the next century. With a sleek design, this glass and silicone accessory will provide a full-bodied (bonus points for not struggling to roll a cigarette evenly) smoke every time. Already rolled up? Try the Silicone Nautilus Shell Cone Bubbler to combine the taste of rolled herb with the smoothness of a bubbler. This piece is so pretty, you’ll be proudly displaying it on your shelf when not in use.

Silicone Smoking Accessories

Silicone Smoking Accessories

It’s not just your pipes that silicone can improve, but accessories as well! Pair your piece with a silicone mat to organize your tools and make cleanup a breeze. Add to your collection with a silicone ashtray that’s a functional and unique cubed design in bold, graphic colors.

If concentrate is more your game, try out the Silicone Nectar Collector, that will save you so much time and money, it’ll pay for itself in the first few days. Built like a straw, all you have to do is place the tip in your concentrate and inhale- it’s that simple. Don’t forget to store your extra product in your very own silicone concentrate container, to keep your herbs fresh and neatly tucked away.

Be the hit of your summer parties with the Eyce Silicone Mold 2.0. This unique piece creates your perfect water pipe out of ice, so you can get that incredibly cold, smooth smoke even in the heat of summer. Simply fill the mold with water, place in freezer, and wait till your ice pipe has fully formed. There’s a plastic base and mouthpiece that will ensure for easy handling, without freezing your lips or fingers in the process. You can get creative with this as well, such as adding sliced fruits to the mold to make it especially festive or even adding confetti for celebrations.

Conclusion

Stay ahead of the curve and grab yourself a silicone pipe to enjoy the easy, no break smoking life. No need to worry about your pieces falling to an untimely shatter as silicone is hardy and can bounce back from even the clumsiest of handling. With so many colorful designs to pick from, there’s no reason you shouldn’t add silicone to your smoker’s kit. Buy durable and always remember to keep it classy.

Erinn Holman

A millennial writer who's passionate about alternative medicine, the smoking industry, and the Oxford comma.

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